Michael (Mike) Johnson (77), of Haymarket, Virginia, died Sunday, October 21 2018, after a 14 month- long struggle with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML).
He was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He is survived by the love of his life, his “young bride” Pat of 52 years, and three sons: Chris (daughter-in-law Marya, granddaughter Anna), Neil, and Joel (daughter-in-law India, granddaughter Olivia and grandson Evan). He is also survived by his sister Carolyn (brother-in-law Jim), of Harleysville, PA, brother Ken (sister-in-law Diana), of Phoenix, AZ, and brother Tom (sister-in-law Beth) of Willow Grove, PA, and four nieces and two nephews. He loved his family very much and they were the joy of his life.
Mike served four years in the Air Force and 41 years with the Central Intelligence Agency. He spent two years in England, and one year in Taiwan with the Air Force. Over 21 years overseas, working with the CIA, he and his family lived in Lagos Nigeria; Kathmandu Nepal; Rangoon, Burma; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Monrovia, Liberia; Islamabad, Pakistan and Bangkok, Thailand. He also worked at General Dynamics before finally retiring. Mike was very patriotic and loved this country. He believed that the United States is the greatest and most generous country in history.
Mike’s passion was wrestling, he was known throughout the community as “Stat Man.” He was a big fan of high school and college wrestling for the past 31 years, since the family returned from their last overseas assignment in 1987. He had been a runner for over 40 years, and was an avid walker for the last 20 years. He loved walking the trails in the Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve. Slowing down and struggling to finish his trail walks were the first indications that he had a serious problem, which turned out to be diagnosed as AML.
Mike was very thankful for the treatments he received from Virginia Cancer Specialists and to the Red Cross blood donors who extended his life well beyond the original diagnosis. He was engaged in an AML Clinical Trail at the time of his death.
In lieu of flowers you may contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at http://www.lls.org.
The family will hold a “Celebration of Life” at the Baker-Post Funeral Home on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:00 am located at 10001 Nokesville Road, Manassas, VA 20110.